Monday, August 26, 2013

Russian Sage

 My husband looked up from the garden and yelled, "Oh, no! Dear!"
"Yes?" I called.
"No, not you," he said. "I meant the four-legged variety."
Oh, deer.
The critters had ransacked Will's garden.
The oak leaf hydrangeas had taken a hit also.
Bandwidth and I pulled the remains out of the ground and replanted them at Bald Hill,
a mostly deer-less place.
My mother said, "Buy Russian Sage. The deer won't eat it...usually."
Perovskia atriplicifolia is noted for its deer resistant and drought-tolerant qualities.
It likes sun and can grow 48-inches tall and 30-inches wide.
I've spotted large and small pots for sale at Home Depot and Lowe's.

Russian sage is lovely when paired with Black-eyed Susans,
but it remains to be seen if the deer will nose through the sage and take
small yellow bites out of the landscape.

If it thrives (and I've been told it's hardy and forgiving), look what can happen: a dream hedge.

The best dreams start small . . .


... and grow into bigger dreams.
 Upcoming: Additions to the Path Garden:

 A Metamorphosis Monday  contribution.


  1. I have Russian Sage very invasive and gorgeous, to detour the deer from eating all of my gardens I've planted Autumn Sedum, beautiful foliage turns a deep rich pink color in the fall. I've had it for years and the deer have certainly strayed away from the gardens proper. fondly ~lynne~

    1. I'll look for Sedum, Lynne. Thanks!!

    2. You're welcome, mine has been in the ground for about 15 years now, thrives, easy to maintain, most importantly detours those beautiful animals from eating our gardens. fondly ~lynne~

  2. I'm on my way today to the garden center to find some sedum for autum color and will look for some Russian Sage too - your pictures next to the black eyed susans have inspired me :-)

  3. I don't have issues with deer, but my Russian Sage hasn't thrived for me. Not certain why, because I see it in other gardens here. I'm going to try again with more plants.
    As for deer resistant plants - my friends in the hill country say that just because a plant is labeled "deer resistant", doesn't mean the deer can read the label. Ha! Good luck! I'm sad the Dr's garden was ravaged.

    1. Haha! So true! His garden is trying to make a come-back. One tomato is large enough for a cage. He was so excited, he drove his truck over the cage!

  4. I read somewhere that if you plant lavender the deer will not come into the garden. I can't say that is true because living in So CA we do not have deer here in town. My cousin in VA is hopping mad because the deer have eaten all of her pears even before they are ripe. But she lives on a farm where there are woods.
    The pictures of your garden are stunning - your doing a terrific job on them. Once you start gardening it is so rewarding to see your plants grow and the beautiful results you get.
    Happy gardening.

  5. i love russian sage, the scent too, i weed whack it flat in winter for new growth in spring and it smells fab. you found loads of pretty gardens with it, love your hydrangea flowers, gorgeous pic!

  6. I hope the deer don't like it, because it's beautiful! We had deer here only a couple of times in the last 20 years. One especially cold winter, they ate the Indian hawthornes almost to the ground and didn't bother anything else...thankfully. Visiting from BNOTP.

  7. We have Russian sage sprinkled in with our perennials and the deer have (yet) to eat it. I think your mother is on to something.

  8. Sorry the deer dined in your garden. :/ Hope you have better luck with the Russian sage.
    Hope you are having a great week.

  9. Michael, your gardens are so beautiful! I always wish we had deer around here, we've seen a couple years ago, but I guess I should be glad since they like to munch on flowers. I love your inspiration pics...never thought of a Russian Sage hedge! :)

  10. SharonFromMichiganAugust 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I love Russian Sage - it's all over my gardens. I have it intermingled with knock out roses and wiegela shrubs. It's very forgiving and likes to spread out like crazy, but I think it's such a beautiful plant. I heavily trim it to keep it within bounds and I chop it down all the way for the winter here. I agree it has a lovely scent. We have local deer - but they never really come into anyone's yard, we occasionally see them running in the street in the early morning hours.

    1. What a great idea to weave roses and wiegela with the Russian sage--and thank you for the tips!

  11. I did a post last Tuesday on Russian sage against black-eyed susans. It's my favorite combination.